Thursday, April 4, 2013
In the first and only public hearing in southeast Wisconsin, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele asked Legislators to put money back into transit and child support services.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele testified in front of the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee (JFC) on Thursday asking them to restore funding for the Milwaukee County Transit and statewide Child Support Services. The JFC met in Greendale for the first of four public hearings across the state on Governor Scott Walker’s proposed budget. The proposed budget calls for a 10 percent cut in transit funding and Abele wants the funding restored because 150,000 people rely on the Milwaukee County Transit every day. If the funding is cut, routes could be cut and fares might be increased, he said. “Few priorities are as important in the current economy as creating and maintaining private sector jobs,” Abele said. “That is why we are …
Friday, March 1, 2013
Sparks have been flying for well over a year between Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke and County Executive Chris Abele. But now, Abele has criticized Clarke's stance on guns and that has Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke calling Abele names.
An all-out war has been brewing between Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke and Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele over the budget and Clarke's statements about guns. Waged via Facebook, emails, and in the media, the battle between the two is anything but quiet. Clarke’s latest barb accused Abele of having “penis envy,” according to a blog on the Journal Sentinel. In the article, Daniel Bice chronicles Clarke’s frustrations. On the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office Facebook page Clarke has been critical of Abele's intelligence. Abele, on the other hand, acts like the smartest guy in the room. That must be quite a heavy burden to walk through life with. The many people in his cabinet that he has hired, only to turn around and soon …
Monday, February 11, 2013
During his State of the County address Monday at the Oak Creek Police Department, County Executive Chris Abele recalled the solidarity shown after the Sikh temple shooting.
County Executive Chris Abele's decision to give his annual State of the County address at the Oak Creek Police Department was no random choice. As disagreements regarding the direction of county government abound, Abele hearkened back to the days following the Aug. 5 mass shooting at the Oak Creek Sikh temple, when residents throughout the county united around the Oak Creek and Sikh communities. In particular, the thousands of people who descended on Henry Miller Park for a community vigil left lasting images and showed "the Milwaukee County I'm proud to represent," Abele said. "Too often, the disagreements we all have get the attention," Abele said. "Everyone in this room, regardless of our political parties, have a lot more in common …
Monday, January 21, 2013
Milwaukee County official's first post lets readers know about PGA Junior Championship moving here from Madison.
From updates on new projects in the parks to the latest news about county taxes and the budget, Patch readers can find out what's happening in Milwaukee County from our newest blogger: County Executive Chris Abele. Abele, who has been county executive since 2011, will use his Patch blog to as another way to communicate with constituents. In his first blog post, he announced that the Wisconsin PGA is move its Junior Championship to Milwaukee County golf courses this summer — after 22 years in Madison. "I'm excited to share the news of Milwaukee County, and Patch gives me a great opportunity to help spread the word to a wide audience," Abele said. Over the past year, several key political figures have used Patch's blogging platform as a way …
Monday, September 10, 2012
Ceremony in downtown Milwaukee marks the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on our country.
Tuesday marks the 11-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York City, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. While there aren't local events occurring, in downtown Milwaukee, Mayor Tom Barrett, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn and Gurmal Singh of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin will honor the victims of the attacks with a special ceremony from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. at the Milwaukee War Memorial Center, 715 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr. Wreaths will be placed in the reflecting pool at the War Memorial’s Fitch Plaza and speakers will remember the lives lost. After the program the public is invited to ring the bell of the USS Milwaukee in memory of the victims. “Eleven years after the attacks most of …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
After 10-year tenure of dealing with budget cuts and still winning awards, Black is "no longer with Milwaukee County," County Executive Chris Abele said Thursday.
- Jim Price
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Updated at 5 p.m. Thursday to include comments from County Executive Chris Abele. Milwaukee County Parks Director Sue Black was fired by County Executive Chris Able, who declined to say why Black was dismissed after a decade on the job. At an afternoon press conference, Abele declined to give any specific reason for terminating Black, saying only that his responsibility was to make decisions that were in the best interests of county taxpayers. Asked repeatedly what had changed in Black's relationship with the administration, Abele replied that he could not comment on personnel matters and would not indulge in "gossip." "What I owe you as an elected official is the best use of your tax dollars," Abele said. "What I owe you is responsible …
Monday, August 6, 2012
Oak Creek Police Lt. Brian Murphy was the first officer to the scene and was ambushed and shot up to nine times while attempting to help an injured victim. When support arrived, he refused help and ordered officers to go into the temple and help others.
Just more than 24 hours after the tragic mass shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, stories of heroes are emerging as details from the incident are revealed. When an unintelligible call came into the Oak Creek Police Department from a person inside the temple, 21-year department veteran Lt. Brian Murphy entered his squad and was first to the horrific scene just four minutes later. Murphy immediately came upon a wounded victim in the parking lot of the temple, and rushed to assist the person. At that moment, Murphy found himself in a situation most officers will only have to prepare for in their careers. While he was helping the victim, the 51-year-old officer was ambushed by the shooter — now identified as Wade Michael …
Friday, July 27, 2012
County Executive Chris Abele said the cost of adding the question to the ballot — at least $20,000 — is not worth an advisory referendum with no action behind it.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele plans to veto the county board's request for an advisory referendum regarding a well-known U.S. Supreme Court decision, citing the cost of adding it to the ballot. The referendum refers to an oft-criticized 2010 Supreme Court case Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission, in which the court ruled that the First Amendment protected political spending by corporations and unions in elections. On Thursday, the board voted 14-4 in favor of an advisory referendum that would ask Milwaukee County residents whether they support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would essentially override the Supreme Court decision. Abele spokesman Brendan Conway said the county executive agrees with the board's…
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Reappointment of Pat Farley as director of the county's Department of Administrative Services was delayed last month after he participated in a sting operation that led to felony charges for a county supervisor.
An aide to Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele learned today that he would be able to continue serving as director of the Department of Administrative Services, after the county board delayed the vote last month. Abele attributed the delay to Pat Farley's role in a sting operation that helped prosecutors charge former Supervisor Johnny L. Thomas Jr. on felony bribery and misconduct, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Farley oversees the county's budget, contracts, purchasing and computer systems. Abele, Farley’s top supporter, said in a statement, “Pat is supremely qualified to continue in his role. In his first year on the job he helped me balance a $55 million budget deficit and is hard at work on next year’s budget. I want …
Monday, December 19, 2011
Purchase of 136 buses ends 20-year argument about how to spend federal money.
Milwaukee County will replace one-third of its bus fleet by purchasing 136 low-emissions buses using federal grant money. Most of the federal money - $36.6 million - has sat idle since 1991. County officials said in a news release that the first 55 buses have already been ordered and will be put into service over several months beginning in March. "These new, low-emission vehicles will modernize our transit system and improve the environment," County Executive Chris Abele said in the news release. "I'm pleased that we're finally using the long-idle $36.6 million to benefit Milwaukee County transit riders and are ensuring that these federal funds are kept here for our residents. These investments reflect my strong commitment to transit as a…